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This Book of Mine: A Picture Book by Sarah Stewart - Book Review

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By Sarah Stewart, David Small (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374305468
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 27th, 2019

This is a poetic look at the things we do with books: read, enjoy, chew, use to imagine, learn from, even smell them. A book about books. How they make us feel and how we partake in them. An engaging poem that shows anyone can red a book: from the very young to the older gentleman looking at a book of music. Small’s illustrations, while not bold, have the right amount of color and details to invoke a calm feeling like many books do while we read. Kids of all ages (which includes us gown-ups) will enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Mommy Sayang: Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase by Rosana Sullivan - Book Review

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By Rosana Sullivan, Rosana Sullivan (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368015905
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Published: Disney Press - April 2nd, 2019

Set in a Malaysian kampung (village) our child narrator is typical of children around the world. She loves her mother, she is upset when things do not go her way, and she knows that she can help her mother by being at her side, like her mother has always been by hers. Sullivan created not only a pleasant story, but some fabulous gorgeous, lush, fantastically created illustrations. Each page is filled with more detail than you can see in one viewing. Just reading the art would not be a waste of time. ~ Reviewed by Jeantte


Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden - Book Review

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By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250207562
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

This graphic novel for the 14 to adult crowd can only be likened to as if it was the set up to a plot of a classic Twilight Zone episode (with a few modern elements: the two main charters are lesbians and there is a modern plot point). There is much build up but then nothing happens until the end for traditional action. It is there we get the supernatural elements hitting and hitting hard! There are creepy shadow men. A cat that might be magic. And one trippy car chase that ends up who knows where! And even though Tillie Walden’s text and illustrations are surreal at times up to then, you have had a fairly normal story up until then: Girl runs away. Conveniently finds an older neighbor. And they are both what the other needed. It is when they find a stray cat that things go into the Fifth Dimension. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Dreams from Many Rivers: A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems by Margarita Engle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781627795319
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 8th, 2019

Prose poems created by Engle are romantic in places and always serious with her pride in her heritage. And while history tends to lump all “Hispanic peoples” into one group, Engle shows how they are separate, how interactions occurred and how Moctezuma’s great-granddaughter could also be Cortez’s great-granddaughter. Each poem shows how history has repeated itself multiple times but here are always new pieces as well. You see the people and places presented and see the connections of then and now. Also, the connections of Spanish and English history are touched on. And if you’ve read her Jazz Owls a familiar face makes an appearance. ~ Reviewed by Jeantte


Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626722590
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Published: First Second - May 7th, 2019

Not an easy read for themes and there are no chapter breaks. There are a few spots where the story line takes a breath, but that is it. And that theme? How do you break up with someone who has broken up with you?” There is a lot going on in this 14 to adult graphic novel. Valero-O’Connell literally “paints” a picture of these characters in a manner that shows you who they are. Teens and adults should read this just to see “what is out there” for gender/sexuality stories but also, to read a story that shows how a relationship regardless who the partners are has its ups and downs and sometimes, no matter how good it feels, can be most toxic. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


When Everyone Was Fast Asleep by Tomie dePaola - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780823442812
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Published: Holiday House - May 14th, 2019

A much more poetic story than other books by dePaola. There is no question that the illustrations are typical dePaola. The Fog Maiden image at the end perhaps the best part of the story. You see her moving even though there is obviously no motion to the page. This and other fun parts show how everyday items can be magical or can take on a life of their own. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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